Producers Of Smash Hit Movie Fanie Fourie’s Lobola Are Paying Big Lobola

The cross-cultural movie, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, currently playing on nationwide cinema screens, has acquired a stash of its own Lobola in the form of strong reviews, increased box office, a host of awards, and a broad and vital fan base among new generation South Africans. In the spirit of Ubuntu the producers will be paying the Lobola for a happy couple who are ready to turn their love into marriage, and some lucky movie fans can choose their lobola in cash or a head of cattle.

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is a funny and heart-warming love story between an Afrikaans Guy and a Zulu Girl. An arrangement which starts out as a wicked dare, takes an unexpected 360 degree turn into the real deal: complete and utter love, and the M word and that, calls for Tradition – but it’s complicated!

Henk Pretorius directs the romantic comedy starring newcomer, Zethu Dlomo, as “Dinky”, a gutsy, aspiring businesswoman who falls in love with the offbeat “Fanie”, played by Eduan van Jaarsveldt. Janine Eser, with Pretorius as co-writer, penned the screenplay which is inspired by Nape à Motana’s book of the same name.

The movie was made with the support of the National Film & Video Foundation mandated by the government to develop and promote South African film. It’s
produced by Out of Africa Entertainment, the production company behind
‘Schuks Tshabalala’s Survival to 2010’ and ‘The Bang Bang Club’. Out of Africa producing partners, Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela, say: “The film is a bold and humorous mix of cross-cultural and class differences, family politics, and loads of cows. The broad appeal is the romantic ideal that true love can survive most obstacles.” Producer and co-writer, Janine Eser says, “It’s amazing to see how the film has exploded in social networking over the past few weeks. This is the new ‘word of mouth’ that is drving audiences to the cinema. Our most common comment about the film online is how it makes our audiences feel ‘proudly South African’.”


Movie fans can bag some “Big Lobola” (Cash or Cow) and “Consolation Lobola” (movie merchandise and awesome steak dinners at the award-winning Local Grill restaurant) by listening to what KAYA FM’s Bob Mobena and Kuli Roberts have to say! Tune in from Wednesday 27 March to Saturday 31st March. Lovers, and movie lovers, can also paste their cinema ticket on and the website to earn more Lobola.

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, which is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution, continues to perform well with box office increasing by 5% from weekend 3 to weekend 4 and maintains its position on the South African Weekly Top 10. Tickets for Lobola winnings can also be purchased at and

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The Academy Selects 2014 And 2015 Show Dates

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar® presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, and February 22, 2015, respectively.

Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards

The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.



Star Trek Into Darkness Paramount Pictures Celebrate WWF Earth Hour

As the UK prepares to go ’into darkness’ for WWF’s Earth Hour, Paramount
Pictures is pleased to announce its support with a special ‘Star Trek’ themed
light display which will dim as Earth Hour approaches.

This amazing light show by Paramount, in conjunction with Ars Electonica Futurelab & Ascending Technologies, will see quadrocopters fly into the night sky, forming the Star Trek federation logo beside Tower Bridge on a scale never seen before.  In keeping with Earth Hour’s initiative, the quadrocopters will utilize batteries that were charged in Austria using green energy from the Austrian renewable energy grid specifically for this event.

The event will coincide with WWF’s Earth Hour at 8:30 pm. Along with
key landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and The London Eye going dark, the quadrocopters will turn off their glow in support of Earth

To signal the end of Earth Hour at 9:30 pm the quadrocopters will reform the Star Trek logo above London’s skyline.

The logo formation will hover about 36m (118ft) above the ground at the lowest point and the highest point (the tip of the logo) will be at approximately 130m (426ft) above ground. The total height of the logo will be approximately 94meters (308ft).

The light show can be captured from the main location at Old Billingsgate Walk, giving a view of Tower Bridge and City Hall.  Other vantage points for the public are the Tower of London and on location at Potters Field Park, Tooley Street, Southwark, London SE1 2AA.

John Fletcher, Director of Marketing for Paramount Pictures UK said “We are very pleased to go ‘into darkness’ with the rest of the world in support of Earth Hour. It seems fitting to be associated with such a global cause.”

Kellie Rollings from WWF said “WWF is delighted that Paramount is
supporting this year’s Earth Hour event. Millions of people around the world take part in Earth Hour year on year and we’re always looking for innovative ways to get our message out there. It’s fantastic that Paramount has chosen to
mark the hour by dimming their lights at this unusual light display.”

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Roberto Orci & Alex
Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams.  Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.



News From Sugar-daddy Theatre Company

Sending a great, big THANK YOU to all those who voted for us!! We are most honoured and truly grateful that our little production ‘I AM HAMLET’ was awarded ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE’ by Fleur Du Cap. Thank you for supporting us people!!!

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Improve Workshop

Sunday, 24th March 3-6 pm, 186 Loop Street. R70 cash only at the door.  A one-off workshop Lead by Leon Clingman of ‘I AM HAMLET’! Leon has worked in Theatre Sports for the past 10 years so come along & try some fun stuff!

Email to book.

Next Production

Lady Luck
Venue: Intimate Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 37 Orange Street, Cape Town
Dates: 15 – 25 May 2013, 8pm (excluding Sundays and Mondays)
Special Offer: Half Price Tuesday, tickets sold at R40 on Tuesday 21 May.
Tickets available at Computicket.
Stand-by tickets available at the door on the night at full price only.

Cast: Sabine Palfi, Bjorn Steinback, Aidan Whytock
Director: Yvonne Copley

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Synopsis: Set in the seedy underbelly of Cape Town, exotic dancer, Lisa (Sabine Palfi), tries to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. Things soon spiral out of control and she finds herself thrust into a dangerous love triangle with Dean (Bjorn Steinbach), her explosive former fiancé, and his Greek boss, Nic (Aidan Whytock), a seductive mobster.
No under 18’s!!!

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Acting For Film II Workshop

9 April – 16 May 2013
Every Tues & Thurs
17h30 – 20h30
Cost R4950

Participants further explore and develop thechniques to deepen their understanding of textual analysis, acting and performance. In addition, classes will include exercises in accessing emotions and developing character.

Workshop will cover:
Teh tools needed to prepare for a truthful on camera performance.

  • Finding eye-lines
  • Hitting your mark
  • Moment before
  • Beats and actions
  • Place and fourth wall
  • Sense and affective memory / emotional recall
  • Fundamentals of characterisation
  • Inner monologue

In this workshop, the participant is required to perform a scene for filming in studio and a monologue for live performance

Entry requirements: none

Please note: ACT reserves the right to change, without notice, the workshop structure and/or schedule and/or coach.

Bookings: or call (021) 419-7007



Sundance London Adds Three Feature Films

Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today that three feature films have been added to the programme for the second Sundance London film and music festival, 25-28 April at The O2. They are: A.C.O.D. (Director: Stuart
Zicherman, Screenwriters: Ben Karlin, Stuart Zicherman), Mud (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Nichols) and Metro Manila (Director: Sean Ellis, Screenwriters: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers). Tickets for all Sundance London films and panels, including those announced on March 11, are now on sale at

Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected the film and panel programming. Including the three films announced today, Sundance London will present 21 feature films and nine short films across four sections, including a new UK Spotlight. Of the 30 films in the festival, 26 films will make their international, European or UK premieres at Sundance London. Ten are by female filmmakers and six are by first-time feature filmmakers. The films collectively received 12 awards,
including two Audience Awards, when they premiered at the Sundance Film

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “With the addition of these three films, Sundance London will present an even more well rounded programme of independent films that represents the work we show at our Festival in Utah. In addition, each offers audiences a unique experience to interact with the artists behind exciting, challenging and entertaining work.”

For more information visit or follow
@SundancefestUK on Twitter.


The Afro Galactic Dream Factory At Hiddingh Hall

Infecting The City is proud to announce an extension of the Festival for 2013. Rained out from its scheduled time, the Afro Galactic Dream Factory will now take place at Hiddingh Hall on Tuesday 26 March at 8.30 pm.

The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is an afro-techno audio-visual symphony, a mash-up of musical genres and artistic disciplines thrown into the bountiful void of outer space, the place of our future paradise regained, remixed, re-dreamed and relaunched.

Featuring an eclectic group of artists and musicians brought together
by director and producer, Catherine Henegan, the Afro Galactic Dream Factory is performed by Jimmy Rage, Mr Sakitumi & the Grrrl, Masello Motana, Bliksemstraal, Lee Thomson, Ross McDonald, Bongani Magatyana and The Mafrica Mbube Singers.

Set in world somewhere in the future, they celebrate the revolution’s
evolution beyond the prescripts of racism, war, violence and other earthly
limitations. Lest they should forget, they also remember darker days back on
earth where these things still existed and prevailed.

The Infecting the City Public Arts Festival is presented by the  Africa Centre. The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is presented in partnership with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), and supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL. This event will take place at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, at 8.30pm on Tuesday 26 March. Entrance is free and no booking is required. For more information, please contact 021 418 3336 or 021 480 7156.

About the Africa Centre:
The Africa Centre was established in 2005 as an international creative centre
and social innovator based in Cape Town. The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life with a number of projects that either play out through the calendar year, or online. For more information on the Africa Centre visit, or phone 021 418 3336.


Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China

Don’t miss the opportunity to view an extraordinary exhibition which seeks to open up new conversations about cultural diversity, social tolerance and human understanding at a time of intense movement and change in the Global South.

Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in
which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths
of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces.

The exhibition includes works in diverse media by internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, Wu Junyong, Chen Qiulin, Maleonn and Qin Ga and local artists Lebogang Rasethaba, Gerald Machona, Michael MacGarry and James Webb. Also on display are a number of videos of performance pieces by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Hua Jiming, Qin Ga, Athi-Patra Ruga, Randolph Hartzenberg and Brent Meistre which embed the action of ‘making way’ in personally, culturally and locally intimate ways.

This exhibition, curated by Ruth Simbao, Associate Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Rhodes University is on view at Standard Bank Gallery until 28 March 2013. The Gallery (Corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg;Tel: 011 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-16:30; on Saturdays, 09:00-13:00; and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. For more information about Standard Bank Gallery see .za. For more information about Making Way see


Oz: The Great And Powerful

Sam Raimi brings it all in the prequal to the L. Frank Baum novel of 1900.

The opening scenes bring on a sense of nostolgia, and memories of the 1939 Victor Fleming film (Judy Garland, Frank Morgan), as we’re introduced to our hapless hero, Oz (James Franco).

Mila Kunis is ever elegant as Theodora, alongside Rachel Weisz as sister Evanora.

The films sucks the audience in, much as Oz is pulled deeper and deeper into a magical land.

A must see film of excitement, great visuals, and a wonderful story.

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Ernie ‘Lastig’ Solomon, A Lucky Man Out This March

A Lucky Man

Based on the real life story of legendary former South African gangster Ernie “Lastig” Solomon A Lucky Man charts one man’s violent rise from childhood in the slums of Cape Town to one of today’s most infamous criminals.

A Lucky Manis a morality story in which the perplexing issues of identity and ethics are played out in the life of a man literally living on the edge. Born into a family where he is branded a nuisance (lastig) and an outsider by his family, and growing up in a city and country in which he is a member of a community deemed neither white nor black, Ernie “Lastig” Solomon sets out on a road paved with crime, violence and abuse in search of himself and a place he can call home. It is the universal tale of humanity: the longing for belonging.

Set in the impoverished Cape Flats, a peri-urban sprawl on the periphery of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town, A Lucky Man traces Ernie’s quest as he collides with both family and society. He becomes the ultimate outcast, a bastard son and a criminal. For such a man, there is but one home, prison, the “Big House”, the inevitable destination.

Ernie has an inventive propensity for self-creation. He assumes identities at will which, through a mixture of cunning and luck, enable him to survive. But he is driven by an irresistible search for his real self and trusts only his own instincts to take him beyond mere survival. He is unable to escape the “nuisance” of his self-badgering: to know himself and to be known for who he is.

The young Ernie Solomon discards the trappings of childhood respectability and begins the search for an identity of which he can feel proud. The teenage Ernie trades on his innocent looks and natural quick wit to embark on a life of petty, then violent crime. During an inevitable spell in prison, Ernie is forcibly initiated by blade and at last discovers a „society‟ in which he can earn respect and thrive. On release, proudly bearing his facial scar and his “Lastig”nickname, Ernie the man is finally prepared to carve out his slice of society and reap revenge on those who have crossed him.

As a fully-fledged crime lord, Ernie is challenged by rivals and hunted by police. Only if he can continue to fight hard to protect those close to him and keep one step ahead of his enemies, does he stand a chance of remaining a lucky man.

A Lucky Manneither glamorises nor sensationalises the lives of people for whom crime is not a choice, but often an inevitable response to living in a society in which they are bound by circumstances and fate beyond their control.

The film does not attempt to solicit sympathy. It simply asks the question: Given the same situation, in which you constantly have to watch your back as you search for your sense of self, for your intrinsic sense of belonging, what would you do? Would you consider yourself a “lucky man” to have merely survived, let alone to have learned to live and fulfilled the need to belong?

Gangs In The Western Cape

The Western Cape is the gang and drug hub of South Africa. In 2012, it was estimated that about 60% of gang and drug related crimes are committed in the tough impoverished slums of the Cape Flats, although the province is home to only 10% of the country’s  population.

This is due to the endemic nature of gangsterism in the region, which sees children growing up with family members and friends of the family belonging to gangs. They are exposed to gangs on their way to and from school and grow up in an environment where they were used to running for cover “when the bullets start firing”.

In communities where gangsterism is so prevalent, even children who want nothing to do with gangs are often marked by rival gangs simply because they lived in a particular area. A culture of gangsterism leads to young men being forced to show they are “unafraid to challenge or be challenged” and develop machismo and bravado.

The prison gang members from the infamous numbers gangs, the 26s, 27s and 28s, have often spent decades behind bars, evident from their jailhouse tattoos and scars. The tattoos serve as a form of hierarchy, signify the violent crimes they’ve committed, and are symbols of the organisation they belong to. The numbers gangs operate like well-organised institutions. They consist of lower and upper structures governed by strict codes of conduct and gang rules. Breaking any of the rules, or the code of conduct, could mean death. Many who have tried have paid with their lives.

The Film

The film concept emerged from discussions we were having with the notorious gangster Ernie „Lastig‟ Solomon. The story of his obsession with finding his own identity gripped us and begged to be captured in film. It‟s the story of a life, and not just another movie about gangsterism in coloured townships.

The story of people and communities finding their identity is a universal one. This is particularly so in an age when gangsterism and the crime that goes along with it touches so many lives directly and indirectly. The world is ever more cosmopolitan and these themes of cross-cultural understanding are ever more relevant at a global level. It‟s a story of survival.

Marke Fyfe, Producer

The film concept emerged from discussions we were having with the notorious gangster Ernie „Lastig‟ Solomon. The story of his obsession with finding his own identity gripped us and begged to be captured in film. It‟s the story of a life, and not just another movie about gangsterism in coloured townships.

The story of people and communities finding their identity is a universal one. This is particularly so in an age when gangsterism and the crime that goes along with it touches so many lives directly and indirectly. The world is ever more cosmopolitan and these themes of cross-cultural understanding are ever more relevant at a global level. It‟s a story of survival.

Ernie is a man of substantial stature within his community. Following the twists and turns of the decisions he made in his life brought him to a fascinating point. Ernie was driven by an obsession to appease his metaphoric and literal cousin and saw this as part of his quest to gain acceptance as a Solomon.

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